Rackham’s »Mother Goose«, in skilfully gilt tooled binding, 1913
Arthur RACKHAM (Illustr.): MOTHER GOOSE. The Old Nursery Rhymes. With 13 colour plates after water colours and ink drawings by Arthur Rackham. London: 1913.
Arthur RACKHAM (Illustr.): MOTHER GOOSE. The Old Nursery Rhymes. With 13 colour plates after water colours and ink drawings by Arthur Rackham, all protected by lettered tissue-guards, whereof 1 frontispiece, pictorial title page, 87 b/w text illustrations (one full-page on glossy-paper), furthermore numerous vignette and initials as well as pictorial end papers, all after ink drawings by the artist. London: Heinemann (Clay & Sons), s.a. .
8to (20:14,5). [I-IV], V-XI, [XII], [1-2], 159  pages. Letterpress, coloured cliché. Fully grained dark-brown and black leatherette or sheepskin, the front cover with a design after Rackham (inversely to the end papers) stamped in gilt, as well as gilt pictorial spine title, gilt top edge and ribbon bookmark.
First edition of this selection of children rhymes by Arthur Rackham, this copy with a skilfully gilt tooled binding incorporating Rackhams drawing of 3 blind mice & the farmer’s wife (from the rhyme „Three blind mice…“), also inversely printed also at the end papers.
Condition: Top and bottom edge of spine, as well as margins and corners of binding with very slight wear, end papers foxy, otherwise very fresh copy of this gorgeous children book with a elaborate binding.
Rarity: ABPC (1973ff.), Drouot Digital, LotSearch and JAP (1950ff.) record only 3 copies with similar bindings (2014 (vellum), 2008, 2005).